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Farnham Grammar School on its last site

Farnham Grammar School is now called Farnham College which is located in Farnham, Surrey, southern England.


The grammar school was created at some time before 1585 (the date of a donation being made by a Richard Searle "to the maintenance of the school in Farnham").[1] The first evidence that the school was built is a record in 1585 of a yeoman in Farnham donating 20 shillings 'to the maintenance of the school of Farnham'.[2] It is, though, possible that this ancient school dated back as far as 1351 when a chantry was created at Farnham Castle, but there is no documentary evidence of this.[1]

The school benefited over the years from bequests by different people as well as the generosity of Bishops of Winchester who occupied Farnham Castle over the centuries.[1]

New buildingEdit

The school was housed in West Street, Farnham until 1906. It moved then because in the previous year, the town centre assets were sold in order to purchase and build a new school in fields to the south of the town.[1]


In 1973, under Government education reforms, the school merged with Farnham Girls' Grammar School to form Farnham College.[1]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e History of Farnham College - Farnham College website
  2. ^ "Brief History of Farnham Grammar School". Old Farnhamians’ Association. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Obituaries: Squadron Leader Sidney Wiltshire, GC". Daily Telegraph. 30 September 2003.

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